Study 3

“ ‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth’ ”. Ephesians 6: 2-3

Whether you had good parents or bad parents, Christian parents or atheist parents, God calls us to respect them. I know many people who have come to terms with their parents’ behavior by saying “They did the best they could. ” .

It is our responsibility to forgive and honor our parents for the people they are and the leadership position they have had in our lives. Our parents were uniquely chosen to be our parents, not our friends’ parents or our neighbor-kids’ parents, but ours. They were the generation selected to guide us into adulthood and to bestow on us the knowledge and wisdom they were given by their parents. There is a larger picture of what God is doing in the world and our family is a part of that, no matter how we might view the way our parents raised us.

For those that are parents, how are you instilling that honor in your children? Is your behavior with your children worthy of being honored? Do you use respectful words and actions with your children so that one they will read this verse and find it easy to obey? I love when I run into people who have nothing but great things to say about their parents; it makes me always want to meet their mom and/or dad. Raising children is not for the short-term, but rather it’s the long game that counts. Any parent can look like they are doing a great job, but what choices will their children make as they grow into adulthood? What decisions will they make when they are parents?

Question: What values are you living out in your life? How would people say you talk about your parents, family, friends, and kids?

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